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Image: Robert Mapplethorpe Patti Smith 1978 (detail) © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

Tonight we’re celebrating our new exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium and paying tribute to Mapplethorpe’s incredible friendship with Patti Smith. Join the exhibition’s coordinating curator for a talk then delve into the music of Mapplethorpe’s era with music writer Clinton Walker as he takes a look at some of the album covers from the time. Then hear one of Australia’s most striking songsmiths, Lucie Thorne, interpret some of Patti’s songs.

1 November 2017


earthly pleasures and heavenly realms

until 2019

Mikala Dwyer
a shape of thought

until 4 Feb 2018

Out of the ordinary
works from the ARTAND Emerging Artist Collection

until 11 Feb 2018

Passion and procession
art of the Philippines

24 Jun 2017 – 7 Jan 2018

Pat Brassington
the body electric

until 11 Feb 2018

Robert Mapplethorpe
the perfect medium

until 4 Mar 2018

Something living

until 11 Feb 2018


until Aug 2018

Victorian watercolours

2 Jun – 3 Dec 2017

On Wednesdays the Gallery stays open late for Art After Hours*

Displays until 10pm

Cafe until 9.30pm

Restaurant until 9pm

Gallery Shop until 9pm

Members lounge until 9pm

Library and archive until 6.30pm

*Except 20, 27 December 2017 and 3 January 2018. Library also closed 20 December – 31 January.

Courtesy bus runs every 15 mins from 7pm until closing from the Gallery to surrounding car parks and Martin Place

Macquare University and Art Gallery of New South Wales Society